Kandiyohi County Broadband Profile 2022: Red Rating: Ranking out 53 of 87

Rank: 69
Code: Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Kandiyohi County: from code yellow to red

Kandiyohi County ranks 69 for broadband access and 33 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have been hovering around 70 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up. They have seen a decrease to 68.18 percent in 2022, which is probably due to increased granularity of reporting within a margin of error. They have 6348 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $59 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.

County Housing Unit Density Number of Housing Units 100/20 Mbps houses unserved Cost to close the gap
Kandiyohi 23.1 19,950 68.18 6348  $       59,037,237.00

Kandiyohi will benefit from a border to border grant announced December 2022:

  • Federated Telephone Cooperative, $4,913,505.50

Kandiyohi will also benefit from TDS deploying fiber to 3,700 properties in Kandiyohi, Stearns, Renville and Swift Counties.

Kandiyohi County has been working on better broadband for years. They saw a big improvement in 2019, but have been stagnant since. They came close to getting better broadband with CTC and a grant but that didn’t work out in the end. Hopefully the most recent grant will help turn that around. Unfortunately, until I see evidence of improvement, we need to mark Kandiyohi with code red. Right now we’re seeing a slip in percentage and ranking. They saw the one of greatest drops in broadband ranking – down 16 spots.

Broadband Access:

  2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 68.18 74.82 73.78 72.89 10.64 8.14
25/3 (2022 goal) 86.78 88.68 88.97 86.23 77.2 77.25

Digital Equity:

Kandiyohi County ranks 33 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Kandiyohi County ranks 29 out of 87 for computer ownership. 91.5 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 92.4 percent.

Past Grants:

  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080
  • 2017, Consolidated Telecommunications Co. (CTC) was awarded a $4.94 million grant to improve serves in New London, Spicer and Willmar, and Frontier was awarded a grant of $1.02 million to improve service in rural Kandiyohi County. Unfortunately, the CTC project did not work out.


  • Find more articles on broadband in Kandiyohi. (http://tinyurl.com/z9wk7bm)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 69 (down 16)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 23.1

I am doing the annual look at broadband in each county – based on maps from the Office of Broadband Development and news gathered from the last year. I’m looking at progress toward the 2022 (25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up) and 2026 (100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up) and will code each:

  • Red (yikes)
  • Yellow (warning)
  • Green (good shape)
This entry was posted in County Profiles 2022, MN by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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